Lifestyle Before Medication

A pharmacist's perspective on health and metabolic disease

Happy New Year! What motivates you?

It’s the New Year, a time when traditionally people make resolutions about their health, often with over ambitious plans that will never succeed.    What does your resolution list look … Continue reading

January 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

Reducing the risk of sunburn through diet

Cherries and Apricots in the supermarket, and the pohutukawa trees are looking marvelous with their red blossom.  All signs that we are near to Christmas*.  But when you live in … Continue reading

November 30, 2017 · 1 Comment

Is HOMA a useful measure?

The Journal of Insulin Resistance (edited by Jason Fung) has just published our article from my PhD looking at the repeatability characteristics of HOMA 2 measures. When I first started … Continue reading

October 31, 2017 · 4 Comments

The Dual Oscillation Model: Why insulin is secreted in a pulsatile fashion.

Along with many other experts, I see little value in measuring fasting insulin.  However, my reasons may differ to others.   One reason is that fasting insulin does not generally reflect … Continue reading

July 7, 2017 · 4 Comments

In response to Mac Mckenna: Taxing sugar does not discourage its use.

On Monday, the 2017 FIZZ (fighting sugar in soft-drinks) symposium was held in Auckland.  There was an overwhelming support for New Zealand to tax sugar-sweetened beverages.   Today, this opinion … Continue reading

June 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

“A bloody disgrace”: A message from Jamie Oliver to New Zealand politicians

The British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver recorded a message for the Auckland FIZZ symposium (Fighting sugar in softdrinks) held this week.  This message was recorded in his garden. You can … Continue reading

June 28, 2017 · 1 Comment

“Go back to first principles.”

At high school, I can remember having a bit of a struggle with calculus, so my Dad (a marine engineer) was helping me out.   The maths was a bit different … Continue reading

June 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

The dilemma of after hours health care.

Imagine – it is outside normal business hours and now someone in your household is quick unwell.  You knew they were unwell earlier in the day, but between your job/s, … Continue reading

June 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

Lessons from the World Masters Games 2017

I have just had the privilege of being a volunteer for the Orienteering World Masters Championships held in Auckland this week as part of the World Masters Games.    Anyone over … Continue reading

May 5, 2017 · Leave a comment

No ‘I’ in sex

Many years ago I had a traumatised young woman as a patient who had suffered a sexual assault because she was too scared to say no to the young man … Continue reading

March 24, 2017 · Leave a comment